We all know that babies cry when they are wet, tired or hungry—and a lot of times, this happens during the night. Soothing techniques like carrying and rocking the baby back to sleep almost always works, but that means the parent will inevitably lose sleep. What to do? A mom came up with an ingenious tip that has gone viral on the internet when she shared it on a Facebook group, The Motherload.
Like most moms, Laura Gerson has struggled with putting her 3-month-old daughter Amelia to sleep through the night. An idea came to her while watching her daughter on a video monitor groping to find her pacifier and crying all night long looking for it. Now, every time she lays Amelia down to her crib, she also puts 10 pacifiers beside her.
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She said in an interview with Popsugar, "Ninety-nine percent of the time she just wanted her dummy [pacifier] to soothe her back to sleep . . . When she had lots in there she was quite calm, falling asleep with them in her hands, too. She isn't a total dummy-fiend and doesn't even have them through the day really, but it really soothes her having them through the night, and having more in there makes it easy for her to find one and hold one (or two). Just made sense that if that was all she wanted to make it easier for her to get to them, without getting herself stressed when she couldn't. Happy baby, happy mummy!"
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We think it’s a brilliant idea! Try it and let us know if it works for you (or, if you’ve found other hacks to get your baby sleeping through the night, we’d like to hear it, too!)